Heart health is important at every age. Whether you are 25 or 65, the choices you make now could affect your health later.
Celebrate National Heart Month by taking the time to eat well and get active. The American Heart Association (AHA) encourages all age groups to choose foods that are low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, sodium, and added sugars and sweeteners. When it comes to exercise, the AHA recommends you aim for 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity—like walking—at least 5 days per week. Adding muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week helps too!
The US Preventative Services Task Force also advises adults over the age of 18 to have their blood pressure screened regularly. If your blood pressure is higher than 135/80, screening for type 2 diabetes is recommended—even if you don’t have symptoms.